15 New Photos & 2 TV Spots From Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Starring Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin

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by Edward Davis
January 8, 2014 3:27 PM
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As we’ll be saying all week, no doubt, yesterday we launched our Best Films Of 2014 We’ve Already Seen. The feature has 21 full movie write-ups but mentions closer to 50 films in total. One of them is Jason Reitman’s drama, “Labor Day,” starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Like “Young Adult,” Reitman’s latest failed to make much of a dent during awards season, but not for being too dark and caustic like its antecedent, but perhaps for being too … mild?

As we noted yesterday, “Labor Day” wasn’t the failure some suggested it was out of Telluride, “but [was] ill-suited material for Reitman to adapt. Some of us admire its commitment to its material—pitched somewhere between a soft thriller with a feminine bent and a somewhat soapy melodrama—and Reitman’s desire to try something completely out of his wheelhouse, but all of us agree it didn’t quite work (review here).” Given the trailers and clips so far. That sounds about right.

Reitman might have been the golden boy of Oscar season for a few years running (“Juno,” “Up In the Air”), but it appears he isn’t crying over spilled milk, which is the right attitude. When “Labor Day” failed to make a splash in Telluride in September at the beginning of awards season, the writer/director just bucked up and announced a new project (one with Adam Sandler, no less that yep, is on our Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 list), and one that should be shooting very soon if it hasn’t already. You’ve got to admire that work ethic and keep moving forward attitude. “Labor Day” opens nationwide on January 31st. New photos and TV spots below.

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5 Comments

  • giezel | January 9, 2014 6:34 AMReply

    i love your movie......in titanic.....................

  • giezel | January 9, 2014 6:33 AMReply

    you look so beautiful i like u...............

  • oogle monster | January 8, 2014 10:28 PMReply

    Anyone else notice how Kate Winslet has the EXACT same expression in each photo? Yeesh...

  • Emma | January 8, 2014 3:53 PMReply

    The material had a lot of potential but Jason Reitman wasn't a good fit at all. I can understand why Kate and Josh signed on; their characters were complex and there was a lot of room for them to fill in gaps. Plus Reitman is an accomplished director. I don't think the final product is what everyone signed up for. Reitman was the wrong person for the job. I don't think he knew exactly how he wanted to tell this story...he seemed intent on remaining faithful to the book, but he made inconsistent choices regarding how he wanted to depict the story. I wouldn't consider Labor Day a failure; it's not Oscar bait, it's not what the Academy usually go for. I'd consider it a missed opportunity. The film needed someone to play the tension a bit more rather than fall so deep into sentimentality that one has to suspend disbelief in order for such a simple story to work.

  • trimmel | January 8, 2014 3:47 PMReply

    It doesn't work for you but it is good for others, i can't wait to see it. Get a life critics!

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